The Bill is back and they've banned megaphones!!!

The bill has been reported back and the changes that have been made have actually made the Bill worse than before.

As David Farrar points out;

[quote]Remember all those protesters outside the Labour Party Conference? They would all have been breaking the law if they didn't have their name and address on their placards. The ones with the megaphones – they would be breaking the law if they didn't announce over the megaphone their name and residential address each time they chanted.

And this is no drafting error. The select committee report makes it clear they have intentionally widened the scope to capture "the use of loudspeakers and megaphones". Yes Labour, NZ First, United Future and the Greens have deliberately moved to regulate verbal political advocacy. What sort of parties and Governments are threatened by megaphones?[/quote]

I think they'll have to call that clause the "Len Richards Clause" it seems to have been written specifically to stop Len Richards from ever using a megaphone again.

Press releases that advocate for or against a party are still defined as election advertisements. If you e-mail out a press release, you'll need to include your address on it. I won't be doing that on purpose.

Political Parties are still banned from certain types of advertisements. For example it would be illegal for the Maori Party to run an advertisement (which includes a press release!) which says "Voters should vote against any party or MP which voted for the Electoral Finance Bill".

Helen Clark was right when she said the bill had been "vastly improved" she just didn't add for Labour's benefit.

Anonymous political advocacy on the Internet is gone. It will be illegal to make a post in the Usenet Internet Newsgroups that advocates for or against a party unless you include your name and residential address. And it's the same with YouTube videos. Well let me tell you right now, Whaleoil Media will not be stopped by this bill.

The exemption for non-commercial blogs remains, but there is no clarification of what non-commercial means, so Whaleoil (which has some commercial support) may be at serious risk. Again Whaleoil will not be silenced by this bill.

Labour are hell bent on rorting the electoral process to suit their own agenda and they must be run out of power never to return.